Today we’re offering rapturous applause to the world’s best anxiety blogs–or, at least, the best anxiety blogs that are in the English language. On these blogs you will find the most inspiring, empowering and enlightening articles on anxiety. To these blog owners we say, quite simply, “You rule.”
But first, of course, make sure you’ve read our own guide to anxiety and meditation.
And now for the blogs.
*** These blogs are not posted in any particular order. They are all equally excellent. ***
The World’s Best Anxiety Blogs
Turn Around Anxiety.com: Turn Around Anxiety discusses how to help children who are suffering with anxiety. The blog mixes up to date news with helpful and insightful articles on helping children with anxiety. It’s written very well with a friendly but professional feel. This is THE place to be if your child is suffering from anxiety.
EXCERPT…. (from Kids And Their Siblings)
If you have a child with an anxiety problem it probably feels at times like your family has been taken hostage. Taking care of your other children becomes both a big concern and more difficult. Here are four areas to address that will help.
Pay Attention to Balancing Attention
The fact is that if your child has a severe anxiety problem you will have to give him or her a lot of attention. There is no way around that. But your other kids may feel that the anxious child’s needs get picked over theirs. It will mean a lot if on occasion this isn’t the case. For example, if you are out somewhere with another child you don’t take the “call,” drop everything to answer the text or run home just because your anxious child is demanding it. Remember, it is just anxiety. It feels bad but it won’t hurt anyone.
For many families there may not be a whole lot of spare time. What you will have to consider is trying to use some strategic time for your other children. You may not be able to match the amount of time but you can balance with the quality of the time spent. CONTINUE READING
AnxietyUnraveled.com: Though this site could use a little bit of a facelift (its design is somewhat dated), once you scratch beneath that surface you find a rich resource or ways to deal with anxiety. Articles here range from meditation to natural remedies and herbs. Nearly every different type of treatment for anxiety is covered.
EXCERPT (from “The CAUSES OF PANIC ATTACKS)
For some people, the causes of panic attacks develop their roots after a particularly traumatic event or period of intense stress such as being involved in violence, looking after a very ill loved one or going through a difficult divorce. Perhaps more commonly, however, stress can be accumulated if you don’t have any strategies in place to release it.
It is common for people to respond to this by saying “but I started feeling anxious when I was relaxed – the stressful period was over”.
However, it is often when the difficult or stressful period is over that fear and anxiety problems emerge. In a similar way, many of you will be familiar with the experience of staying well whilst the pressure is on at work and immediately falling sick once you take a holiday. The pressure is taken off and the body has a reaction as it tries to re-establish balance.
Staying on ‘red alert’
Whilst under stress you are using the body’s stress chemicals to help you deal with whatever challenge it is you’re facing. When you are very busy you may not notice the body going out of balance and any feelings of anxiety you have seem quite normal and appropriate in the circumstances.
Once the challenging period is over, the body doesn’t automatically stop its ‘red alert’ status – just in case there’s another danger lurking out there somewhere. This was a very useful feature of our physiology in pre-historic times. The genes of the family who stayed alert after tackling a sabre-toothed tiger would have survived rather than those of the relaxed family in the next cave who just went back to sleep when they thought the danger was over and were consequently gobbled up by the other sabre-toothed tiger’s mate!
Unfortunately, staying on ‘red alert’ after the challenge has passed is not a very useful feature these days and of all the causes of panic attacks this is number one – so we all have some retraining to do in terms of how we respond to perceived stress so that the body doesn’t go on red alert so easily – but more of this later.
AnxietytoZen.com: This website shows you how to go from a nervous state to the peaceful mind of Zazen / Zen. The site is written by a young woman (whose name I couldnt find on the site. . . ?) who used yoga and zen to overcome anxiety.
EXCERPT (from LESSONS LEARNED)
You will keep facing the same situations and challenges until you learn the lessons the universe is teaching you.
As someone with anxiety, I spend a lot of time trying to control and guide things. I always like to have a sense of knowing how things will turn out, or could turn out. I have found that a lot of people with anxiety often do this. Having that control, whether real or imagined, helps ease anxiety because it offers us predictability – and that’s something an anxious mind thrives off of. But lately I am drawn to the idea that this control we seek might actually be doing more harm than good when it comes to our stress.
External situations cannot be controlled. We can play a part, we can have a role, but there is no way we can fully create the outcome. All we can do is control our individual part. We can move forward with things the way we would like to, but at some point we have to let go. I realized my desire to control things a long time ago. It used to be as simple as my always needing to drive when out with friends or me trying to force the plans for the evening so that i could make sure I was comfortable with what we were doing. I hated surprises and had to know everything. I never thought about it really being influenced by my anxiety, but it was. My need to control was always because I wanted to avoid becoming anxious.
Anxiety Slayer: Anxiety Slayer is an amazing website that is one of the most modern and innovative approaches to blogging for anxiety that I’ve seen. It uses podcasts, music albums and tons more to create a multi-media haven for anxiety sufferers.
EXCERPT (from “ANXIETY BASICS”)
1. Use some tools for peace of mind.
Anxiety messes with your head. It’s confusing and overwhelming and it’s very hard to know what to do to feel better. We recommend starting using techniques like the Quick Anxiety Stopper or EFT Tapping to take the edge off your anxiety.
Please listen to the podcast to find out how this can help you.
If you keep at it and use these techniques every time you feel anxious, or feel an anxiety symptom, you will start to feel some real relief and space in your head to move on to the next step…
2. Notice what makes your anxiety feel worse and cut it out
Look out for:
Violent, scary, or fast paced entertainment: music, movies, TV, video games.
Stress, social pressure, expectations, or confrontations
Keep a journal and log what you notice adds to your anxiety and see what changes you can make to reduce it’s presence in your life.
3. Notice what helps you feel better and increase it
Look out for things that help you feel safe and relax.
Things like creative activities, yoga, walking, inspiring reading, breathing exercises, guided relaxation.
Keep a journal and log what you notice reduces your anxiety and see what changes you can make to include those things in your day.
TheAnxietyTracker : I love the design of this website. It’s simple and easy to use yet modern, and the colours do a great job of lifting spirits. It’s a BLogspot blog yet different to most others. . . Anyway, what really matters is that the quality of articles here is exceptional. Best of all, however, is the quality of articles. They’re packed full of wisdom and very enlightening.
Excerpt (from “Unhealthy Anxiety”)
For all the therapy I have had over the years and for all the improvements I have made with anxiety, the one thing I have found very difficult to crack in terms of solving is that of health anxiety.
Last time I did this, I was found to be alive
Granted, much of what I have learnt is how to deal with anxious symptoms, with an overarching acceptance that I will always have anxious feelings to some degree. But having the tools to deal with these feelings is hugely important and this is what I have learnt over the years. Naturally, what happens if you have the tools to deal with and react more strongly to anxious symptoms is that the cause of the symptoms becomes less too. A good example here is my experience with panic disorder, which used to prevent me from doing certain things such as presenting, socialising or eating out. Whilst, sometimes, these things can still present challenges, having the tools to deal with any anxieties that these things throw up (no pun intended) gives you more confidence to tackle the original causes and do them anyway – and even enjoy them. I cannot emphasise enough how much I revel in eating out with a friend and actually enjoying it. A positive of anxiety – you don’t take for granted small wins that perhaps other people don’t even register as significant. So, tackling the symptoms also helps to tackle the cause and eventually a hugely anxious and near-to impossible situation becomes doable or even enjoyable.
Sadly for the health compartment of my anxiety, the success of this cognitive behaviour change has not been realised in quite the same way. Yes, I am now able to deal with the symptoms of health anxiety better – i.e., when I get a physical pain or discomfort and automatically associate it with immediate death or life defining illness, I am better able to rationalise and say to myself ‘you’re being stupid,’ and come up with alternatives to the problem other than cancer, a brain hemorrhage or equivalent. But the problem is, I still automatically associate any pain with these sort of horrendous problems – in the case of health anxiety, tackling the symptoms and dealing with them better has not really changed the way I perceive a physical discomfort in the first place. This differs from other ‘types’ of anxiety, particularly panic disorder, as described above.
TheAnxietyFreeChild; The most professional looking website of the lot (it’s a wordpress site but head and toes above the average). TheAnxietyFreeChild covers absolutely everything about anxiety in children. This is a very valuable resource for parents. It covers everything from night tremors to the effects of divorce on children. A truly exceptional online experience.
EXCERPT (from :”How a Few Simple, Colorful Tools Can Help Calm Anxious Children”)
As the parent of an anxious child, you may already know about the power of meditation, deep breathing and mindfulness as tools for quashing anxiety. And there are few more you can add to your anxious child’s toolbox: a paintbrush, paint, markers, pens – and plenty of blank white paper.
That’s right. The creative act of producing art can help with anxiety that’s ongoing and mild, acute and occasional, or any combination of the above. Using art to alleviate anxiety works because the art creation process:
Automatically calms the nervous system
Focuses attention on creating and away from worries and woes
Gives the nervous system a chance to regulate
Opens the door to other emotions, thoughts, compassion and empathy, which pave the way for processing more difficult experiences
Allows for nonverbal expression
Provides a visual representation and different perspective of a situation
Connects people with their inner sense of vitality
All this and you get some cool artwork to hang on the fridge, to boot.
So there we are. These blogs are the absolute best. Between this lot you’re going to get help with absolutely every aspect of anxiety. We recommend reading many of their posts (we would recommend reading all of their posts but, heh, that might take some time!).
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